James Warren Straus wrote about his great great grandfather, James J. Fryer for an education recertification course at Southern Oregon College. He received an A for the paper and accolades, though some red pencil corrections are in the text.
James J. Fryer is known as one of the earliest white settlers of the Upper Rogue. His spare words record the weather, the cycle of sowing and harvest, the coming of the railroad and the lives of those about him. Of particular note is his description of the murder of his sister-in-law's husband and his trial in Jacksonville - the last hanging in the county.
The original of J.J. Fryer's daily journal has been located and will be digitized for the City of Eagle Point, Oregon in the coming months.
This work was digitized with the permission of the author for the City of Eagle Point with help in part from the Jackson County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Division of the Association of College and Research Libraries.